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Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

As the kids go back to school after the holidays are you making sure they start the term fit and healthy?  It’s that time of year again.  The nights are coming in earlier and there is less time to run around outside, but more than ever children’s...

Posted on 19 October 2012

Is Lack of Sleep taking its toll on Children?

How many hours of sleep does a five-year-old need?  Does the time at which a child sleeps matter? What hormones are produced only during sleep?  If, as a parent, you don’t know the answers, you are not alone.  According to a new survey by the Slee...

Posted on 21 June 2012

Good Night Nutrients

Can Nutrition Help Your Child To Get A Good Night Sleep? Can’t sleep or won’t sleep?  Children’s sleep problems are some of the most common parents face.  The result is not just exhausted children who struggle to learn or concentrate but parents i...

Posted on 11 November 2015

Fussy eating

Ask any mum or dad for their top ten worries about parenting and encouraging children to eat well is normally high on the list. The Children’s Food Trust ran a survey with Mumsnet and parents told us fussy eating was one of the main reasons why th...

Posted on 19 October 2012

School meals

It started as a blog that only her family were expected to read. Now, nine year-old Martha Payne’s NeverSeconds diaries about her lunches at school in Scotland have become an internet hit – getting parent forums talking again about what’s on the...

Posted on 28 May 2015

Fruit juice facts

Fruit juice is one way to help your child reach the five portions of fruit and veg they need to eat each day, and to take in important nutrients like vitamin C. But it’s easy to forget that fruit juice contains sugar too. This can contribute to...

Posted on 12 October 2012

Bringing it to the table - eating as a family

New research from the Journal of Epidemiology and Child Health looked at the eating habits of almost 2,400 children in south London. On the day of their study, they found that children whose families said they always ate together round a table ate...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Have you got a Calcium Kid?

And I don’t mean the film ! Far too many children aren’t getting enough calcium. In fact, one in eight 11-18 year-olds aren’t getting the recommended amount , and it’s a big problem. We need calcium for strong bones and teeth, especially during...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Don't go cold turkey...

Christmas dinner’s only just out of the way, but don’t swear off the turkey for too long. It’s a great way to help make sure your children are getting enough folate. This nutrient is one of a group of B vitamins and occurs naturally in foods, thou...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Cheesed off?

A new survey out this week highlighted that cheese can often contain more salt than you might think. Read a good summary of the response in the Guardian . Most kids love cheese, so what’s the best way to use it in a healthy diet for them? Here are...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Five a day for kids: Mission Impossible?

Five a day. On paper, it doesn’t sound too scary, does it? But for loads of parents who email, call and write to us every day, I know that even with the news of pledges from supermarkets, caterers and retailers this week under the Fruit and Veg...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Letters on lunchtime

Bonfire night may have been and gone, but it seems that time for lunch is still causing fireworks for some parents who’ve contacted us recently. We’ve been emailed by several mums and dads who are worried about their children not getting enough ti...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Make 2015 the year of eating well

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Did ‘Dry January’ end for you on Saturday the 3 rd ? How about some resolutions that really pay off? Here are the Children’s Food Trust’s top tips on helping your child to eat better in 2015. Try them all...

Posted on 30 January 2015

Understanding your child’s needs during puberty

Spots. Mood swings. Hair “down there”. All the physical and emotional changes during puberty can be pretty overwhelming. Your support can mean a lot to your child. When your child starts puberty, there will be various changes that will become...

Posted on 15 September 2015

Girls and periods: How to support your daughter through a difficult time

Girls usually start puberty between 8 and 13 years old and they go through a lot of hormonal changes in this time. Speaking to your daughter about these changes can be difficult and embarrassing for both of you, especially for dads! But it’s...

Posted on 14 October 2015

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018